Probably one of the most eye-catching notes from Jake Arrieta’s stellar season with the Chicago Cubs in 2014, is that he took three potential no-hitters into the 7th inning before they were lost. What made it even more special is that he did so at the two most historic ballparks in baseball, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Yet somehow,... Read more »
Remember that kid who used to daydream all day in class? That was me. As a kid, I mostly thought about baseball. Not much has changed in that department. But back to that later… So Theo Epstein spoke today. I’m not one to record these things. Instead I furiously scribble notes that I can scarcely... Read more »
Whenever I take a trip anywhere, the hardest part for me is the anticipation. It reaches it’s peak when the plane is on the runway, waiting for clearance — or in a couple of instances, delayed for repairs. It once took my wife and I 24 hours to get through what should have been a... Read more »
This week I take another step into analyzing exactly what the “replacement” player is. I wanted to see if different “types” of players are compensated differently. To do this, I considered offense and defense. Offense was an easy call, I used OPS as the measure of offensive output over the season. Defense presented a problem.... Read more »
This really shouldn’t even be a question. Oh, sure. The Theo Epstein led Cubs have averaged 95 losses the last 3 years, but we knew that was going to happen. Could they have been better? Of course, but the CBA punishes mediocrity. Epstein could have overpaid players to come to Chicago and made them a... Read more »
In what will likely be the last year with a protected pick, the Cubs will pick 9th in the 2015 draft. That is uncharted territory for the Cubs under this front office and with the current CBA in place. We can still expect the Cubs to pick the best player available but once we get... Read more »
The Cubs made plenty of progress this season and it’s no accident that it coincided with the growth of their shortstop, Starlin Castro. It seems the Cubs are quite pleased with his maturation on and off the field. “I think he’s grown up, obviously,” Renteria said. “He took a lot upon himself. I think as the... Read more »
I was planning to write some moving words to conclude the season, but one I am terrible at the words write thing. And Sinister Urge said everything I could have possibly said and more yesterday. So I will just say that it was honor to be invited to write at Cubs Den for the past... Read more »
Before you ask, yes, I'm going to have the headline picture be a dog asleep in his food until further notice. I have to make this mine somehow. I think we can all get behind this.
So it all comes to an end today. As I wrote in The Ivy Drip, today feels like the end of our beginning. No matter how next year goes, and that's going to be up for wild debate over the winter with every move and every non-move, it is most certainly the next phase of this "Thed Epstoyer Project. " The time for acquisition and foundation building, while the latter will continue, will no longer be the main focus. Now it'll be development at the top level as well as actual attempts to compete and win...
The writing has been on the wall for Chris Rusin for some time now. If there was any doubt left after the Cubs had acquired Felix Doubront, it had to be be erased when fellow lefty Eric Jokisch was added to the roster and then received a call-up while Rusin stayed home. The Cubs waived... Read more »